Definitions for skittishˈskɪt ɪʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
apt to start or shy:
a skittish horse.
restlessly or excessively lively:
a skittish mood.
Origin of skittish:
1400–50; late ME, perh. der. of the Scand source of Scots skite (see skitter ); see -ish1
skittish, flighty, spooky, nervous(adj)
unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
Easily scared or startled; timid.
The cat likes people he knows, but he is skittish around strangers.
wanton; changeable; fickle
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easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt
wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle